Pinched or trapped nerves

The nervous system is often referred to as the ‘master’ control system as it is the most vital part of your whole body. This is because the nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body.

The spine acts to protect our nerves as they carry impulses 24/7 from our brain to the rest of our body. The spine and, more importantly, the nerves, play a crucial role in our ability to move, feel and heal.

What happens if a nerve is damaged?

It’s a worrying thought, but a problem that occurs far more often than many realise. In the majority of cases, this is caused by movement of the vertebra in the spine or a prolapsed or bulging ‘disc’, leaving the nerves beneath exposed and susceptible to irritation or compression.The effects of this can result in you experiencing altered sensation or motor function (control of movement and power) into different parts of the body.

How do I know if I have a trapped nerve?

First and foremost, you will feel pain. Depending on which nerve is affected, this can be felt as a shooting pain/pins & needles/numbness/strange sensations/weakness and can travel to various parts of the body. One of the most common symptoms of a trapped nerve in your lower back is sciatica (leg pain). Similarly, pain can be felt in the arm when a nerve is being trapped in your neck.

Since movement is usually what triggers the pain, trapped nerves can leave you incapacitated. This can have a profound effect on your active daily living and may understandably have an effect on your emotional wellbeing. If untreated, trapped nerves are likely to lead to worsen conditions over time, so it is paramount you seek a correct diagnosis and treatment as soon as the problem starts.

Herts Family Chiropractic has experience in performing a large number of neurological and orthopaedic tests to help determine the cause of your symptom. If the cause of the pain you’re suffering from is the result of a trapped nerve, the best Chiropractic care methods to effectively target and treat the direct source of your problem and relieve your pain will be established. Exercises and stretches will also be provided to help speed up your recovery. Once your nerve symptoms have subsided, treatment will focus on strengthening the area to a point where the condition is unlikely to return.

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica is the symptom of an underlying medical condition, not a diagnosis. It is characterised by any sort of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, beginning in the lower back and running through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg ending at the feet.

    Irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve can cause:
  • Pain, usually felt in the buttocks and legs and unilateral
  • Numbness
  • A tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes
  • Weakness in the calf muscles or the muscles that move the foot and ankle
  • A ‘give way’ weakness in the leg
Sciatica can be caused by many different things. More often than not, it is often due to an accumulation of stressors, such as posture, lifting, emotional stress, trauma and osteoarthritis. It’s common that patients with lower back and leg pain come to us because they’re in pain and need our help.

For patients with sciatica, you will receive a care plan based around your needs. Your care plan will take into account your personal preferences, level of pain and nature of the condition. A combination of highly specific manual techniques including joint mobilisation and traction, soft tissue therapy, activator technique and acupuncture (dry needling) will be used to help relieve you of your pain.

We understand the symptoms of any trapped nerve can not only be very uncomfortable but also scary. Please do not hesitate to call on 07947678375 if you are worried, concerned or would simply like some advice or pain management.